"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Thank you, God, for Ben and his willingness to serve. Thank you that we know, by first person testimony, that he had a part in freeing a grateful people and keeping a grateful people free.
His mom is quoted as saying: "He believed in the mission and told us he knew what they were doing was right."
When we welcomed my nephew home last year, after his first tour in Iraq, he was dusty, exhausted and very shy about all the attention we lavished on him. He was just doing what he loved to do and knew was the right thing to do. We've had many military members in our family. This is the first time in a long time that we've suffered a loss. His uncle, in the Navy, will escort his body home to a family that understands this sacrifice but is still heartbroken at this loss. Your prayers for their comfort will be appreciated.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Gen. 50:20